We drive our old cars and trucks and not just on sunny Sundays but everyday until the salt comes out on the roads and then we are forced to use our invisible or winter beater cars. So the other day our newest invisible car comes home and it isn't looking as pretty as it used to. It still runs great but I can see the driveline is going to outlive the body.
It happens to have a supercharged 3.8 Buick v6 with overdrive auto transmission. Only trouble is they put the motor in sideways and hooked it up to the front wheels instead of the rear.
Anyway, what will I do with a good running driveline that faces the wrong way. Sure I could buy another parts car with all the stuff for a traditional set up - I have been watching one and who knows - or I could follow my own advice and think outside of the box.
So here goes. 1929 Rugby Durant truck. where the flatrack used to be we weld in the whole subframe and make it rear engine - rear drive truck. We would have to keep the hood on or it would look goofy but lose the fenders and lower it down - all the look of a traditional street rod . what do you think?
The late 70's early 80's full size Buicks are going to be collector cars someday. They ride great, are comfortable for 5 or 6 passengers, have tonnes of trunk space, were super dependable... I guess you can tell I like them. I have owned a 77 Riviera, a 78 Electra, and several Oldsmobiles and Chevrolet's of the same era. We recently bought an 84 Park Ave to drive as a winter beater although it is probably too nice for that. This 1977 Buick Electra 2 door is a great example of the style and luxury of the era. I wish there were pictures of the interior so you could see the plush velour pillow seats and faux wood grain trim.
I came across this 29 Model A 2 door sedan project. Not enough pictures to know for sure how solid it is but enough to make the call or go see. I guess then I would have to figure out what style to build it. I have been tempted to build it traditional looking but using non traditional parts - every one seems to use the old formula but there have been some interesting parts possibilities come out from the auto manufacturers since the 70's when the formula was adopted.
An Explorer independent rear end would be interesting or maybe one from an Escape and use an Ecotech engine or new turbo v6.
C4 or C5 corvette would be different as well - how about a 6 speed transmission too. Any way, we have to look at different colours on the colour chart when we pick drivelines too.
29 Model A
At first glance this project looks like a great start to an easy budget build. Now I haven't done any follow up to see what all comes with but at $1200 asking price for what appears to be a solid 39 Chevrolet 2 door sedan how could you go wrong. Rat rod, street rod, custom or even restoration, 39 Chevrolet 2 door sedans have style.
1939 Chevrolet Sedan
Two in one week! 49 -54 Chevy wagons are pretty rare. For Two to be for sale in Ontario the same week - wow. Now I wrote about the 54 the other day and I would love it but I like the simpler lines of the 50 we see here today. I also like the wood - cool factor without the squeeks and rattles of a full wood bodied car. 1950 Chevy woody
Is it possible that there is a parallel universe or similar stuff going on all the way on the other side of the world. My daughter is a huge
5 seconds of summer fan and they are from Australia. So I am looking at cars for sale in Australia and I come across
" Dave's Cool Cars" . I always wished I could have a car lot with cool stuff for sale.
Maybe someday... 1967 El Camino
Well last weekend I thought I might have a deal on a 51 Chevy sedan but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. Today I came across this 54 Chevy wagon. Classic styling and the function of a wagon would make a great addition to our fleet. Small block, overdrive, Mustang ll IFS ralley wheels etc and we would be on our way.
I usually stay away from something that someone else has started and not finished. My thoughts are that they probably weren't happy with something they had done and that is why they are bailing on it. Now I could be wrong - there are lots of reasons people sell projects - some have automotive attention deficit disorder like me and get bored on the hard work before they are done. today we look at a 59 Apache truck - Camaro clip, chop top, some body work done... still worth a look - and he has the "or trade clause " too.
I was counting on a couple more weeks before the cold and snow hit but it didn't work out that way. The snow got me worrying about getting around and this 1986 GMC Jimmy 4x4 would work just fine.